2018 Chattanooga Film Festival Announces Opening Night Films, A World Premiere And New Home

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Chattanooga Film Festival announces opening night films "Rock Steady Row" and "Summer Of ’84," as well as its partnership with the Chattanooga Theatre Center, which will serve as hub of its fifth annual weekend of films, panels and workshops. This year’s CFF, slated for April 5-8, will also screen the world premiere of the documentary "Life After Flash."
 
"Put Mad Max, John Wick, The Warriors and even a bit of Animal House into a blender and then add BMX bikes and what you get probably still won’t be as much fun as ROCK STEADY ROW.
Rad, funny, and a kinetically paced blast, this film perfectly sets the tone for CFF 2018. Director Trevor Stevens will be on hand to help kick things off.
 
"If you fell in love at first watch with RKSS Films’ Turbo Kid, then you’ll get a sense of why CFF is so excited to share their follow up, Summer Of ’84. Centering around a group of young friends that spend their summer on a quest to prove that their neighbor is a serial killer, this film is for fans of everything from Stranger Things to The Goonies, offering a lot to love, with style and a bit more darkness than you might expect. Lucky for the CFF audience, RKSS Films, made up of François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell will be present to answer any burning questions.
 
"CFF is honored to hold the world premiere screening of Life After Flash, an inspiring and moving feature documentary that celebrates what makes that Mike Hodges enduring classic Flash Gordon so iconic with audiences to this day. This film takes a looks at the real man behind the heroic mask, Sam J. Jones, including his successes, his battles and his ultimate struggle for redemption. Director Lisa Downs, along with star Sam J. Jones and producer Ashely Pugh, will be in attendance for this once in a lifetime screening," officials said.
 
“The Chattanooga Film Festival has quickly grown over the last four years,” says festival Executive Director Chris Dortch. “Last year was our biggest, and for our fifth anniversary we weren’t going to settle for anything less than our best, most insane year yet.”
 
"Adding to the excitement of the opening night films and Life After Flash is CFF’s new partnership with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. The 44,000 square foot premises that makes it fit for multiple events, the beautiful river view, and the organization’s role as a pioneer in the Chattanooga arts scene made it the perfect home for the festival’s fifth year," Mr. Dortch says, “Not only will CFF be holding the event in a place that feels like Chattanooga through and through, but we’ll also have the opportunity to creatively fill the entire building with film, education and movie related mischief.”
 
CTC executive director Todd Olson carries the same enthusiasm, saying, "The Chattanooga Theatre Centre becoming the new home of the Chattanooga Film Festival represents a win-win for all, especially the arts-going community. Arts groups should hold hands for a greater good, and CTC is committed and ready to embrace such partnerships wherever we can find them." 
 
“For almost 100 years the Chattanooga Theatre Centre has provided programming that enriched the cultural, intellectual and emotional development of all people in the greater Chattanooga area, by providing high-quality theatrical experiences and creating opportunities for the community to engage in them. We are very excited to have the opportunity to welcome the Chattanooga Film Festival to the CTC,” adds CTC’s Group Sales and Events Manager Ric Morris.
 
Badges for CFF’s full weekend are now on sale at chattfilmfest.org. Individual tickets to films, workshops and events will be available closer to April. Volunteer sign up can also be found on the website. Corporate badge packages are available for purchase. For more information on these packages, email Chris Dortch, Sr. at chris1@chattfilmfest.org.
 
OFFICIAL FILM SYNOPSES:
 
ROCK STEADY ROW | Director Trevor Stevens 
Rock Steady Row centers around a young college freshman who, after his bike is stolen, lands on a college campus and is compelled to take action against the reigning fraternities and ultimately the dean. | Trailer
Q&A with Trevor Stevens
 
SUMMER OF ’84 | Directors François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence in, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous. | Trailer
Q&A with François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
 
LIFE AFTER FLASH | Director Lisa Downs
*WORLD PREMIERE
LIFE AFTER FLASH explores the life of Sam J Jones since his iconic performance as 'Flash Gordon' in the 1980 classic of the same name, and the aftermath of the young stars' clash with one of Hollywood's biggest legends, producer Dino De Laurentiis.  
Q&A with star Sam J. Jones, Lisa Downs, and producer Ashley Pugh

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